It is hard for me to unicycle much any more, because of a pain in my rear end. It hurts to sit on the seat for very long. I have been unicycling for almost a year, and the pain is almost always there. Any tips?
do you have an air seat?if not what kind are you useing?
I am using the standard one that came with this: Unicycles Source Should I buy a better one?
> It is hard for me to unicycle much any more, because of a pain in my
> rear end. It hurts to sit on the seat for very long. I have been
> unicycling for almost a year, and the pain is almost always there. Any
Describe your seat (brand, type, condition of foam), describe your cycling
shorts, describe where it hurts. For example it hurts me on the sit bones,
not in the genital area, kind of where the leg meets the crotch.
I have a feeling that the resounding reply will be YES! You can do much better than that. The usual recommendation is the Miyata with the air seat conversion. http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=231
Unfortunately the Unicycle Source is out of stock. I have also read other posts about people who have done air seat conversions to Semcycle seats and Viscount seats. Try searching the forums for “air seat” and you will find lots of helpful information.
The seat doesn’t have a name on it, so I assume it is a cheap torker, because that is what my unicycle is. I don’t wear cycling shorts (but I plan to get some very soon) It hurts on what I assume is a bone, and it is kind of a bruise type hurt. What do you think?
If the seat is the one indicated in the photo through the link you have provided, it is a Savage saddle and is considered by many to be the worst saddle made. If it is a Torker saddle, it is not as bad but it is too small.
OH GOD YES!!! GET A NEW SADDLE!!!
That is the savage seat, and aptly named might I add. It is so painful that savages must have made it. Do yourself a favor and get a new seat ASAP!
Thanks for all the advice
yes ,any seat is better.you will be amazed when you get a new one.
you will need to get a new seat post aswell,one that is compatable with your new one.
> The seat doesn’t have a name on it, so I assume it is a cheap torker,
> because that is what my unicycle is. I don’t wear cycling shorts (but
> I plan to get some very soon) It hurts on what I assume is a bone, and
> it is kind of a bruise type hurt. What do you think?
Miyata air seat is the #1 choice for comfort these days, though comfort is a
very individual thing. Some people prefer the Viscount or other brands.
Since you can’t get a Miyata at the moment, you may want to shore up your
“dumpster” seat until you can. A simple thing you can do is add more foam.
Even by taping some over the outside. Or, take off the cover and see if you
can fit more on the inside.
The other problem with those metal-bumper seats is that they are too wide in
the front. Especially after lots of drops, if they start to bend in front,
it makes the corners even wider. If you take the cover off, you can bang it
down a little narrower with a hammer. This may be a big improvement for you.
The long part of the seat should be in front. This means the “sideways” bolt
under the seat should be in front of the seatpost, not behind it. Also the
front of the seat should be adjusted to be an inch or more higher than the
rear of the seat. It may look dumb, but your but will have more seat to sit
on that way.
Oh, by “dumpster,” I am referring to where your seat should go when you get
a new one. Unicycle.com would not sell them, except to remain competitive
with other sellers who have unicycles for the same low price. We hope for a
day when those seats, the basic design of which has been around since the
70s, will be gone forever!
“You’re not supposed to wash your Roach armor” - Nathan Hoover, on safety
equipment cleaning methods